Library at Home

The library building is closed to the public in response to COVID-19. We are still offering a wide range of online programs and services! Scroll down the page for more information about how you can use our Library at Home!

Curbside Pickup Starts June 1

Curbside Reserve Pickup

You can now reserves books, DVDs, and other items you’d like to borow using our online catalog. Then we will contact you to schedule a curbside pickup appointment! Learn more...

Summer Reading Program 2020

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Our 2020 Summer Reading program has begun! Sign up for fun reading programs and activities geared toward all ages - children, teens, and adults. Learn more...

Storytimes & Children’s Programs Online 

Online Story Times

Join us for virtual storytime this summer starting June 22! We’ll have stories, songs, and rhymes Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays at 10:30 am on Facebook Live! We’ll also be available to chat if you have questions. 

Mother Goose Minutes

Looking for fun games to play with your baby at home? Check out our Mother Goose Minutes Playlist on Facebook! Miss Laura will share tips for how to sing and play with your baby at home. Find all of our Mother Goose Rhyme Time rhymes and songs here:

Book Discussions & Programs Online 

We are moving many of our regular book discussions and programs online! 

Date & Time Discussion Group Contact
Tuesday, June 2
@ 10:30 am
via Zoom
Tuesday Morning Book Group
Women Rowing North
by Mary Pipher
Catherine Wilson
Thursday, June 4
@ 2 pm
via Zoom
New Yorker Discussion Group
Article to be determined.
Pete Sullivan
Tuesday, June 9
@ 7 pm
via Zoom
Great Books Foundation Discussion Series
What We Talk About When We Talk About Love
by Raymond Carver
Marshall Webster
Thursday, June 11
@ 7 pm
via Zoom
Thursday Evening Book Discussion
Exaltation: Stories
by Ted Chiang
Marshall Webster
Thursday, June 18
@ 7 pm
via Zoom
Book Discussion
Northanger Abbey
by Jane Austen
Marshall Webster
Tuesday, June 23
@ 7 pm
via Zoom
Great Books Foundation Discussion Series
Prometheus Unbound
by Aeschylus
Marshall Webster
Thursday, June 25
@ 3 pm
via Zoom
Teen Book Club
The Maze Runner
by James Dashner
Laura Miller
Thursday, June 25
@ 7 pm
via Zoom
Amateur Writer's Group

Pete Sullivan

Our Digital Collections & Research Tools

  • Overdrive: Read or listen to over 18,000 ebooks and audiobooks, including current releases and bestsellers. 
  • RBdigital: Stream Acorn TV & The Great Courses. Listen to over 36,000 downloadable audiobooks. Read comics books, graphic novels, and popular magazines (like The New Yorker, The Economist, and National Geographic). 
  • Kanapy Movies: Chose from over 30,000 streaming movies, documentaries, and international films. Also includes extensive children’s programming through Kanopy Kids. 
  • Freegal Music: Download (and keep!) free MP3 songs each week from the Sony Music Entertainment catalog and thousands of other labels. Includes 40,000 music videos. 
  • Learning Online: Take an online class on Excel or drawing. Write your resume. Practice for the SAT. Or start learning a new language!
  • Research Tools: Get product ratings in Consumer Reports. Search for full-text articles from magazines, journals, and newspapers. Research your family history or a great stock. 

There are also some great free or expanded resources that have been made available to MRSPL users during the COVID-19 crisis:  

  • Audible: Audible is offering a free handpicked collection of "stories to entertain, engage, and inform young people, ages 0–18" while kids are home from school. The stories are available in a variety of languages and accessible from any broswer. No logon or Audible account is required. 
  • Audio Book Cloud: Free access to a collection of 1,000 online audiobooks. No downloads required! (through August 31)
  • Learning Express: Study guides and practice tests for a wide range of standardized exams, from GED to MCAT. Also includes career and career prep and core skills development resources. (through June 30)
  • Romance Book Cloud: Free access to over 1,800 online romance ebooks. (through August 31)
  • Rosetta Stone: Free access to 30 language courses. Just enter your MRSPL card then create a username and password for the service. (through June 30).
  • Teen Book Cloud: Fiction, nonfiction, and graphic novel ebooks for teens Grades 7-12.  (through August 31) 
  • TumbleBooks: Picture books, easy readers, beginning chapter books, fiction, and nonfiction ebooks for Grades K-6. (through August 31)
  • TumbleMath: Math picture books, fiction, graphic novels, and more for Grades K-6. (through August 31)
  • Washington Consumer Checkbook: Research rankings, reviews, and tips for a wide variety of local services and products. Previously only available for use in the library, Checkbook can now be accessed remotely. Requires logon using a MRSPL card and creation of of a free Consumer Checkbook account. (through September 2020)
  • World Book: We already offer World Book Early World of Learning online to our card holders. World book has also opened their entire suite of products to all subscribing libraries. 

What to Read Next

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Not sure what to read next? Got a picky reader at home? We have the answer! Personalized NextRead book suggestions! Just fill out the appropriate form below and we’ll use the information provided to match you with a book to suit your tastes, mood, or whim! Learn more...

Interact with Us on Social Media

Our librarians are sharing tips, activities, and answering questions on our various social media platforms. Follow us to stay up-to-date with your Little City library!

Contact Us During the Closure

  • Library staff continue to check voicemail, email, and text messages (703-520-2484) Monday through Friday 9:30 am - 4:30 pm.
  • View our Contact Us page for a full list of ways to contact us.